Homeland Security: Food and Agriculture Sector

Homeland Security: Food and Agriculture Sector

Homeland Security: Food and Agriculture Sector

Homeland Security: Food and Agriculture Sector

Homeland Security: Food and Agriculture Sector

President Trump has specifically requested a study of the Federal government’s role to ensure the safety and security of our agriculture and food systems and supplies (“farm to fork”), since senior DHS officials are concerned that terrorists may attempt to attack us through this sector. Your team has been invited to participate on the Presidential Action Team, which has an opportunity to help shape the President’s agenda to improve the protection of this CI/KR sector.

Your presentation should address the roles, responsibilities, capabilities and challenges or limitations of the Federal government in ensuring a safe and secure food and agriculture system and supply.

Content:

Your presentation might address the following for the U.S. food and agriculture systems or supplies:

  • What is included in the U.S. Food and Agriculture System?
  • Does the Sector-Specific Plan (SSP) limit its actions to specific or narrowly focused elements or aspects of the food and agriculture systems?
  • Does the SSP address potential impacts on other critical infrastructures?

Analysis of the food/agriculture system using the SSP template for protecting the critical infrastructure:

  • Define the food/agriculture system key sector vulnerabilities.
  • Specify protective measures to address these threats.
  • Discuss risk management considerations (threats vs. vulnerabilities).
  • Identify dependencies with other agencies, departments, and other organizations.
  • Identify shortfalls in the current system.
  • Are there lessons to be learned from any major food contamination or food-borne illness incidents that could drive changes to the SSP? To support your assertions, you should highlight and briefly describe any relevant disasters, crises, or critical incidents or issues affecting this sector in the past few years.

Bottom line:

This is your opportunity in about 11 slides/view-graphs to inform the President on how to improve the safety, security and protection of the U.S. Food and Agriculture sector, especially in the context of the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The successful project will advise the President on how to improve the safety and security of our agriculture and food systems or supplies using the SSP as a framework for defining the solutions.

You will prepare a concise PowerPoint presentation along with any relevant notes with notes on the slides double-spaced APA 6th edition format.

The title page, reference list, and any appendices are not included in this suggested slide count.

Do not simply rely on search engines such as Google as your primary means to find sources.

Use highly quality references such as articles from academic journals,theses and dissertations,books or official reports.